Maybe I am getting old, but the more I see of see of the wedding market, the more I wonder what happened to training, doing your time, learning on the job, understanding your trade. The digital age has meant that it is possible to take pictures more easily and the thought of getting right in the camera seems to elude some of the new breed of machine gun owning photographers. One of my second shooter recently undertook a wedding on his own account and then complained that it takes far too long to process the images. He had managed to shoot 3000 images in 8 hours or an average of 6.25 per minute. No real time for thought or organising hence a large amount of very average pictures!
Wedding photography is an art, which requires skills to manage people as well as managing the light available, the venue and your time. All of these elements take time to learn and there needs to be some basic business sense behind the delivery as well, such as contracts, shoot lists, insurance, spare equipment and common sense. Time and time again we find that photography is the area that couples like to cut back on but it is the one thing that you will be left with – Think about it, what will you look back on?
So when you come to deciding what you want in your wedding photography why not ask some or all of the following questions for your wedding photographer: